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Nanodot-Based Smartphone Battery Recharges In 30 Seconds

Adriax Re:Phones yeah (227 comments)

Charging is the current hangup for electric cars. Mainstream is addicted to the ability to drive any distance they want with one vehicle and be able to refuel in 10 minutes at any gas station of their choosing.

Give someone an electric car with a 1000 mile range and they'll complain about having to stop for 8 hours to recharge it in the middle of their 2000 mile roadtrip they totally plan on taking one day. Having to stop for 8 hours to rest after 16 hours of activity is totally unacceptable from a car.

about two weeks ago

The Amazon Fire TV Is Kind of a Mess

Adriax Re:NOTABUG (96 comments)

First update will bring their newly patented One-Word checkout.
Just say the same of a movie, song, or product and it will automatically search and purchase it for you. No annoying keyworld like "ok google" required, the feature is always on and always parsing your conversations for products to purchase for you.

Second update brings predictive ordering. Fire TV will automatically purchase any and all products it thinks you may want, playing movies before you know you even want to watch.

about two weeks ago

Microsoft: Start Menu Returns, Windows Free For Small Device OEMs, Cortana Beta

Adriax Re:Gee, so only a year of screaming (387 comments)

Just stay away from Windows M, especially after the E service pack.
Luckily the concurrent release of windows 20.00 will give people another, more suitable option.

about two weeks ago

eBay Japan Passwords Revealed As Username+123456

Adriax Re:Hey (80 comments)

Prepare eBay One for immediate departure.
And change the combination on my luggage!

about three weeks ago

AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

Adriax Re:It's not arrogant, it's correct. (466 comments)

Plus, no ISP would want to drop their revenue. So expect a static "line maintenance" fee pretty close to what you already pay and a per gig rate that brings a normal user up the rest of the way.
Of course "normal" usage would be calculated by cutting out the extreme data users (as defined by people who use 100x or more the data as the lowest user, which would probably be an inactive connection or a restaurant that logs maybe 100meg a month running credit cards). Sure that would account for 90% of their customer base and make any statistician vomit, but that's irrelevant and should not be discussed by right of trade secret laws and DMCA takedown prenotices and you will be sued and thrown into liars prison so be scared and be quiet before you get labeled a terrorist for interfering with god given right to profit.

Yeah that last bit kinda ran away from me.

about three weeks ago

Unreal Engine 4 Launching With Full Source Code

Adriax Re:A bit misleading (149 comments)

I really doubt a AAA with a 300 person team is going to purchase a game engine for a multi-million budget AAA title by going to a publicly accessible web store and queuing up 1 pro license + 299 team addon licenses and plunk down a credit card for that $151,000 bill.
Just guessing here, but the same sales team that processes their console licenses will probably give that AAA different licensing prices and terms for a huge order like that.

about a month ago

Unreal Engine 4 Launching With Full Source Code

Adriax Re: This is very exciting for indie devs (149 comments)

A watermark? I haven't built anything with unity but all I can find is as long as you make less than $100k/year you can build and release with free with just a required splash screen.

And even if unity suddenly does become an overpriced piece of junk, there's other game engines including a good number of GPL and MIT licensed free ones.
For the hypothetical 10 man team looking to break into the market with no money to spare for a big license, there are alternatives. And if they refuse to do without the extra pretty unreal rendering provides, then they probably lack the ability to compromise on other aspects of their vision and are pretty much doomed to fail.

Unreal's licensing scheme looks like nothing more than a way to squeeze some cash out of students looking to learn the engine before applying to a big company.
That and court small to mid sized studios that have the resources to actually utilize the unreal pretties, and hopefully score a popular enough release to afford a real license and cut down the royalties.

about a month ago

Unreal Engine 4 Launching With Full Source Code

Adriax Re:This is very exciting for indie devs (149 comments)

$15000 would get you a 28 person team license with unity pro.
It would also get you an infinite person team license with unity standard and $15000 in change.
Both save you the 5% royalty.

And you have yet to explain what financial risk epic games is bearing for you when you use the unreal engine.

Why are you so intent on making it look like unity is a horribly overpriced alternative?
I'm going to assume you're just an angry fanboy, because a paid shill would have better grammar.

about a month ago

Unreal Engine 4 Launching With Full Source Code

Adriax Re:This is very exciting for indie devs (149 comments)

$1500 gets you the pro version, or $75 a month. That's not thousands.
Android and iOS are another chunk of cash each but are not required unless you're targeting those pro features.

Of course you can use and release free if you don't need the pro features...

And what financial risk are they taking? If I make a game and it flops badly with no sales they are still ahead by my monthly subscription.

about a month ago

It Was the Worst Industrial Disaster In US History, and We Learned Nothing

Adriax Re:Not even close to the worst. (290 comments)

Parent is an illegal alien.
He has to be. He's advertising the fact he's a martian right in his name and no country on earth has laws to allow martians to immigrate.

about a month ago

Transformer-Style Scooter Lets You Ride Your Briefcase To Work

Adriax Re: Briefcase!? (102 comments)

The amount of time I spend at work keeping printers running suggests this is false.

So any other late 90's predictions of the future you would like to share?

about 1 month ago

Scientists Build Three Atom Thick LEDs

Adriax Re: the most dangerous LED displays... evar (54 comments)

Always wear your iGlove protective gear when taking your iPhone 7n out of your iPants pocket.
If an accident does occur you can treat small injuries with your iMedkit. More severe injuries you are contractually bound to seek service at your local iCare medical facility. There you can be assured prompt professional service from a certified Apple iDoc.

about a month ago

California District Launches Country's First All-Electric School Bus

Adriax Re:Cool (94 comments)

Small town in the middle of nowhere. When I was in highschool there were something like 75-100 students living 25+ miles out of town. The furthest out kids had 2-3hour bus rides (due to stops).
Combine with winter temperatures that sometimes strands normal buses by freezing the diesel fuel into a gelatinous blob, I sadly predict electric buses will never come to this chunk of the US.

Though I do hope electric buses take off in places that can utilize them. The bus barns that maintain a school's fleet would be wonderful sources of performance data. Info like that could help design better systems for all electric vehicles.

about a month ago

California District Launches Country's First All-Electric School Bus

Adriax Re:Cool (94 comments)

I remember getting big whiffs of diesel exhaust while crossing between busses when I was in school (not on purpose, had to twice daily to get to/leave school). That can't be good for developing minds.
Too bad 80-100 miles doesn't cut it for out here. Half of our busses go 20-30 miles out of town to pick up kids, some go 50 miles out.
Great for in town routes though.

about a month ago

Comcast Turning Chicago Homes Into Xfinity Hotspots

Adriax Re: So what happens (253 comments)

Too bad the MAFIAA, like debt collectors, don't give a flying fuck who actually did something as long as they have someone they can bully/lie to/scream at until they get paid what they believe they are owed.

To a MAFIAA lawyer an IP address might as well be a mugshot, fingerprints, DNA, and confession all wrapped into a neal little package. And they will spend as much money as it takes to make the courts agree with them.

about a month and a half ago

Sulfur Polymers Could Enable Long-Lasting, High-Capacity Batteries

Adriax Re:ICE 20% efficient, Electric 98%. (131 comments)

I was going to say only long mission military jets do mid-air refueling so the point is irrelevant, but then I re-read your post.

How exactly does an airplane refuel itself in mid air? Magic second tank that stores extra fuel in a way that doesn't take up the same weight/space a normal tank does?

about a month and a half ago

The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

Adriax Re:Horrible coffee (769 comments)

How about we just skip to the end of the chain?

Unless you created a pocket universe, started a creation event, formed stars from the resulting big bang cloud, fused a solar system worth of hydrogen into heavier matter, collected the matter into a planet in the perfect orbit, formed a primordial soup, created life from the soup, evolved the life to create coffee bean producers, harvested the beans, processed and roasted the beans, ground them, and finally pressed them yourself, then it's not proper coffee.

about a month and a half ago

Public Libraries Tinker With Offering Makerspaces

Adriax Re: funny. Of course "teach a man to fish" (90 comments)

Actually the democrat view is "Give a man a fish so his kids don't starve to death while he learns to fish."

about 3 months ago

Stop Trying To 'Innovate' Keyboards, You're Just Making Them Worse

Adriax Re: Oh yes (459 comments)

All the better to get a standard. A captive audience will get used to a shitty design as they forget what a non-shitty design looks like..

about 3 months ago


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